Exeter House Special School Careers Site Eteach (23930)

About Us

Exeter House is a popular, successful and vibrant 4-19 Special School in the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury. It became an academy in January 2015, as part of the Somerset Road Education Trust: a unique collaborative multi-academy trust, formed in partnership with St Mark’s Junior School and Wyndham Park Infant School who share our campus. The successful applicant will be employed by the Trust – joining a staff of over two hundred. The opportunities for widening experience and accessing in-house CPD are significant. We can also offer a good programme of support for teachers moving from mainstream settings.

Exeter House School caters for the needs of approximately 152 all-age children and young people who have Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. A number of our students have Autism as their primary, but not their only, impairment. The children are educated in 15 mixed ability classes including currently 4 for young people with AS and 3 for those students with the most complex needs. In addition, we have a separate provision which provides a vocational and life skills based curriculum to students aged 14 to 19 years.

The school enjoys a positive relationship with the LA and the community. Up to 100 staff may be on site on any day, including therapists employed by the school, NHS or the LA. The school was built for 55 children only 20 years ago but following a very exciting £5.3 million building project in September 2012 we now have a wonderful and spacious learning environment for our young people which includes a hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi, sensory room, soft play, library, vocational kitchen and Forest School.

Joining this very committed, supportive and experienced team you will be expected to work extremely hard and play your part in taking the school from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ by the next inspection. To be the successful applicant you will need to be an excellent classroom practitioner who is able to plan for and meet the needs of a very diverse student population. Whilst this will be challenging the rewards are enormous in terms of your ability to make a difference to the lives of some of the most delightful young people in the county of Wiltshire and in advancing your own professional development and career.

The school is divided into three departments, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. Within each department there are a number of classes which are generally fairly small and range between 6-12 depending upon their age and need and would be supported by 3 or 4 teaching assistants. Within the department structure we also have four specialist classes for students with complex autism and three classes for children with PMLD or complex needs.

At EH we are determined to provide all students with a full and broad learning experience that supports them in overcoming their barriers to learning, develop their skills and knowledge and prepares them for a rich and fulfilled life beyond school.

The curriculum we have designed enables us to develop increasingly independent and successful young people who can transition into adulthood as effectively as possible.

Our Vision, Ethos and Values

Our Vision

I can learn, you can have friends, we can grow together..

Our Mission

Exeter House School is committed to active, creative, reflective learning, maximised by encouragement to each individual pupil to achieve their best in every aspect of their development. We celebrate innovation and are committed to nurturing high self- esteem and respect for others. We believe that everyone can learn, both socially and academically, becoming dynamic, independent thinkers with a lifelong love of learning. We believe this is best achieved by asking questions, solving problems and making thoughtful decisions. Our inclusive, flexible, personalised learning programmes stretch our more able and support those with additional and complex needs.

Examples of the impact include:

Raising the standards of teaching and learning through the appointment and retention of high quality staff and through the fostering of a technological approach to learning making use of new hard and software

Improved results; a highly personalised curriculum to motivate and inspire students to achieve more than they ever thought possible

Development of therapeutic based interventions to create engagement and accelerate learning; for example Sensory Integration and Intensive Interaction

Ethos and Values

We believe that sustainable learning can occur only when there is meaningful engagement. The process of engagement is a journey which connects a child and their environment (including people, ideas, materials and concepts) to enable learning and achievement to take place. Every child is individual and every child is unique. Every child can learn and our core business of Exeter House is to maximise the potential that exists in every child through carefully tailored, inspiring teaching that builds on the individual’s interests and prior knowledge. A wide range of professionals ably support teachers and teaching assistants in adapting the National Curriculum to deliver learning that is challenging, engaging and fun.

Nothing is more important to us than equipping our young people to live as independently as possible once they leave Exeter House; in fact we are passionate about it. Planned learning activities beyond the classroom and mini-enterprise projects combined with a bespoke curriculum help out students engage and contribute positively to the wider world. These work experience opportunities help our pupils become increasingly independent and establish a valuable and meaningful role in society. We have strong partnerships with Integrated Youth Services, outside agencies and the wider learning community which include local schools, colleges and our special school partners.

Of upmost importance is the safeguarding of our students. All staff receive regular high quality training and are fully supported to ensure that our students are safe and secure. Students are confident about who to turn to if they have any worries. Any safeguarding concerns are quickly passed on to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who acts promptly where action is required.

From strong links with Riding for the Disabled to swimming and hydrotherapy, our own Forest School and a number of after-school activities, Exeter House provides a range of activities to extend and enrich. We are proud of our creative emphasis, our older students are involved in working and performing with our local orchestra “La Folia” and we have our own music specialist who provides group and individual therapy.

Matt Sambrook

Executive Principal and Head Teacher 

Working For Us

If you're searching for your next post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.